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Indigenous Education at the OCSB

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board, your child will have opportunities to learn about Canada’s Indigenous peoples and participate in Indigenous-centred activities. When you self-identify your child as First Nation, Métis, or Inuit, it enables us to provide culturally-relevant programming throughout our school board that honours your Indigenous ancestry.

We respectfully acknowledge that our schools are located on the ancestral, traditional and unceded Indigenous territory of the Algonquin Peoples, on whose territory we pray, learn, play and work.

Learning from Indigenous culture

From Kindergarten to Grade 12, we provide all of our students with culturally-relevant opportunities to learn and experience the beauty of Indigenous culture. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Experiencing sharing circles, powwows, and engaging in blanket exercises
  • Learning from Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous community partners
  • Making birch bark canoes, drums, and exploring Indigenous art
  • Visiting museums and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
  • Exploring a variety of Indigenous high school courses
  • Participating in local Indigenous events such as National Indigenous Peoples Day

Opportunities for Indigenous students

When you self-identify your child as a student of Indigenous descent, we can provide enhanced programming, support and culturally-relevant opportunities. Examples include learning and leadership programs, art workshops, and after-school programs.

Indigenous self-identification is entirely voluntary and confidential. You can self-identify your child when you register them for school or complete our Indigenous Self-Identification Form online.

Our commitment to Indigenous education

As a school board, we are committed to ensuring our schools are welcoming environments for all of our students. We will design and offer culturally-relevant educational programs, opportunities and services that allow our Indigenous students to succeed. We will engage with First Nations, Métis and Inuit community members to strengthen their voice and involvement in education. We will also collaborate with our community to increase awareness and appreciation of Indigenous cultures, traditions and perspectives for all students and staff.